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Child Care Leader Salary

Child Care Leaders in the United States can expect wages of $10.21 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $7.79 per hour and $13.50. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by just under one in three, and nearly one in eight earn vision coverage. Women account for the majority of Child Care Leaders who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$22,195 - $45,958
(Median)
$22K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $30,806
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$7.79 - $13.50
(Median)
$7
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,195 - $45,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $197.27  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,684 - $33,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.79 - $13.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $197.27  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,684 - $33,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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Job Description for Child Care Leader

A child care leader works at a child care center and coordinates the daily operations of the center. The child care center may be an after-school program for younger children or a day care center for infants and toddlers. The child care leader will make sure that administrative duties are carried out and that the children are well taken care of.

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Child Care Leader Tasks

  • Prepare for daily activities before children’s arrival, clean and organize the room at the end of the day.
  • Engage in regular communications with parents regarding their children and school curriculum.
  • Teach and monitor groups of children, ensure their safety, enforce rules, and resolve conflicts.
  • Make sure health and safety regulations are met, including participating in emergency drills and filling out injury reports.

Common Career Paths for Child Care Leader


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Many Child Care Leaders move into a Director of Child Care role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $32K per year. The most common promotion for Child Care Leaders is Preschool Teacher, a position that typically pays $24K annually. Another standard transition for Child Care Leaders seeking advancement is to assume a Daycare Teacher role, where pay is often $20K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child Care Leader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Child Care Leaders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker earns $21K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $23K. Child Care Leaders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $27K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $28K.

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Experience Affects Child Care Leader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 68%
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